Taking a selfie may have become a normal part of our day – Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner know all about this – but a new study has revealed that the rise of the selfie might be spelling out trouble for our love lives.
Researchers at the Florida State University wanted to discover whether Instagram culture has had any real impact on our daily lives – and most importantly, our relationships.
The findings were based on the answers of 420 Instagram users aged between 18 and 62, who filled in an online survey which touched on their selfie behaviour and their personal relationships.
The number of selfies a person shared on their Insta’ feed seemed to be directly related to their feeling of body confidence.
Basically, being showered with online love resulted in a nice little ego boost, whereas negative or hurtful comments would be a confidence-knocker.
Makes sense, huh?
This feeling of self-doubt, born out of our Instagram selfie activity, then has a negative impact on our relationships.
Blimey. Even more of a reason to leave trolling in 2015, right?
The study says, ‘When Instagram users promote their body image satisfaction in the form of Instagram selfie posts, risk of Instagram-related conflict and negative romantic relationship outcomes might ensue.’
Also, it goes without saying that if you’re enjoying the attention from the positive comments a little too much, you might find yourself neglecting your beau.
But sometimes, when the lighting is perfect, you just need to capture that face of flawless make-up, no?